Given the state of our short attention span/bumper sticker mentality society, I have long been concerned with the way that microbiology is portrayed in the media. We need far, far better #MicrobialPR.
Microbes are not #DevilMicrobes, always causing disease and bad things.
Microbes are not #AngelMicrobes, who can solve all problems.
So what are microbes? First evolved. Last extinct. Basis of the biosphere. When you put aside the natural human-centric narcissism from which we all suffer, you can see that ours is truly a microbial planet.
So I was delighted to have a chance to talk a bit about #MattersMicrobial with the University of Puget Sound "What We Do" podcast. It is a nice production that showcases great stories from our campus.
I am including the link to my podcast on Soundcloud (click here), and you can also find it on iTunes.
I am no Jack Gilbert, Seth Bordenstein, or Jonathan Eisen. But I adore the microbial world, and telling students about its depth, breadth, and wonders.
Plus I have a perfect face for radio!